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Bluebell’s got racy #cycling

After several years of “going to”, I’ve finally fitted my old drop bars onto bluebell:

It pretty much fulfills what I wanted, but whether they stay long term is uncertain.

Here’s what I do know:

  • Cables needed replacing because they weren’t long enough, but fitting new cables wasn’t a bad thing, it’s been a while
  • Rohloff shifter on minotaur bar extended works ok
  • It’s about 1 minute faster, bringing the quickest commute down to 45 minutes, that’s a record!
  • It feels nicer when climbing
  • Flat bar brake levers are better
  • Flat bars with Ergon GP1s are more comfortable on the hands, arms and shoulders
  • Gear changing is more difficult compared with flat bars
  • I still can’t fit bar tape very well
  • Finally my “It’ll come in useful one day” actually paid off.
  • A shorter stem would put me in a better position, but I can live with it for a while (read forever)

Happy sweaty summer weather.

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